Quote of the Day, Tax Money SHOULD Come With Oversight edition.

There’s a certain amount of perhaps bafflement in this sentence.

If you receive government assistance in the state of Maine, Lewiston Mayor Robert Macdonald thinks the public has a right to know about it.

It’s not that the author disagrees with Mayor Macdonald. I’m a little leery of the possible ways that this sort of thing can be botched, myself*. But I get the general impression that the Washington Post takes it as a personal affront that we’re even having this conversation in the first place.  Alas for the paper and the government, the brutal truth of things are that people who pay taxes often want to know where, and to whom, that tax money is being spent. And that it’s actually up to the people who want to use that money to properly reassure the rest of us that that tax money is being spent properly.  There’s far too much evidence these days that it’s not, you see.

Just the way it is.

Moe Lane

*Let us not pretend that good ideas can’t be botched, sufficiently so that it would have been better not to try them in the first place.

1 Comment

  • Outback_Jon says:

    How about special license plates? If you car has a book value over $2500 or so, and you’re receiving welfare, you get a plate that identifies you.

    I see a lot of people using EBT cards as identification, and then getting into luxury cars/SUVs. Unfortunately, I don’t think this proposal would shame them enough.

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